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Voices of Connemara

Voices of Connemara

Raymonde Standún

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Co-edited by Raymonde Standún and the late Bill Long, who also introduces the volume, here are the extraordinary voices of the ordinary people of Connemara, voices of the living as well as the dead.

When Raymonde Standún set about photographing the local people of the South Connemara Gaeltacht, she quickly sensed that here were stories to be told that lay beyond the reach a camera. Unique places, unique people, a nucleus of Irish culture, its language, music and dance.

Voices of Connemara wants to keep this heritage alive in pictures as well as the written word. Containing fifty-one interviews with the people Raymonde Standún encountered as she toured Connemara taking photographs

Voice of Connemara features stories of the Black and Tans, Fair Day at Spiddal, Cáit Nic an Iomaire on making her own wedding dress and Festy Conlon on his father’s first fife. Set against Standún’s stunning images are stories of poitín for two bob, the baker’s island-delivery boat and the trials of line-fishing, alongside darker tales still vibrant in the collective memory, of landlord brutality, famine and emigration. 

Additional Information

Author Raymonde Standún
Publisher New Island
Publication date 8 Dec 2011
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781848400405

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